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* Edward Slate Wilcox High School teacher pleaded no contest to seven charges of child molesting

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A 41-year-old Wilcox High School teacher who was involved in a relationship with a student was sentenced in Santa Clara County Superior Court in Sunnyvale this afternoon to two years and eight months in prison, a district attorney’s spokeswoman said today.On Feb. 10, Edward Slate pleaded no contest to seven charges, including two counts of oral copulation with a minor, two counts of sexual penetration with a person under 18, two counts of sodomy with a person younger than 18, and a misdemeanor count of annoying or molesting a child, district attorney’s spokeswoman Amy Cornell said. Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety officers arrested Slate on Aug. 24, 2009 at the school in Santa Clara, where he taught math and special education. The department began investigating Slate in May 2009 and found evidence of the Hollister resident having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. Cornell said the crimes occurred between May and August of that year. Slate is required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life and will be placed on parole for three years after he completes his prison time. He has a credit of 75 days since he turned himself in.

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